Southern AZ July Mixer Recap: Enjoying the Finer Things in Life at Alfonso’s Olive Oil

This post is guest written by LFA Intern, Matt Poulton.  14565314904_5eb19eb130_zJuly’s Local First Arizona (LFA) member mixer was hosted by Alfonso’s Gourmet Olive Oil & Balsamics. Alfonso’s introduced everyone to their newest, Oro Valley, location on the Southeast corner of Magee and Oracle in the Trader Joe’s Plaza. Alfonso’s truly has a taste for fine dining, bringing a wide selection of amazing, ultra-premium extra-virgin olive oil and flavored olive oil. They bring all these unique flavors from around the world and put it under one roof, allowing the customer to really explore and experience all there is to offer. Alfonso’s also has a unique business model which separates it from the rest of the competition – its in-store partnership and collaboration with – Blu A Wine & Cheese Shop.  Blu carries an enormous variety of cheeses and provides many local restaurants with top quality cheese and wine. These two businesses under one roof create an experience which will seduce your palate.  Alfonso’s also has a central location at St. Philip’s Plaza on the corner of River and Campbell, which also hosts Blu.

14566209602_5c8f6a4a8d_zThe mixer started strong as members began to pile in early filling up the entire store from wall to wall.  Over 55 local businesses showed up to network and support each other and the LFA mission.  Great connections were made  between old and new members and several members took the party next door after the event closed down.   We also received numerous gift donations from many attending businesses for our monthly mixer raffle.  A raffle donation is a great way to highlight the products or service of your local business and all the donations helped to make this our biggest raffle yet.

14380403318_cef0bc4d25_zSpeeches from Alfonso’s owner Tom Alfonso, and LFA’s Kimber Lanning and Erika Mitnik-White really built up the mixer’s momentum, as the audience eagerly listened and occasionally chimed in with a friendly shout-out. Kimber, LFA’s executive director, delivered a wonderful speech about why this movement matters and how each member is helping to create and strengthen a more prosperous, economically viable community. Kimber also mentioned upcoming events such as:

This month's Local First Arizona Lunch and Learn Seminar on Building Customer Loyalty (July 23rd,12:00 P.M. to 1:00 P.M.):

We’re excited to announce that Maher Pedersoli, CEO of Dualswipe, will be leading this informative seminar on how to sustain and grow customer loyalty for almost any type of business. Maher has over 18 years in technology-related companies, including business-tech giant IBM. He’ll discuss the difference between a discount program (i.e. Living Social) and a loyalty program (i.e. My Starbucks Reward), and what really creates a loyal customer base. This event is sure to be very informative and helpful for any business that wants to grow their customer base. The seminar will be hosted at Nova Investment Training Center at 1650 E. River Road, Suite 201RSVP here.

Our next LFA member mixer is at Connect Coworking on August 6th. Connect provides exceptional collaborative workspace for business startups and incubators. Their new-age, modernized Google-like offices will surely be as interesting an environment as will be the people you “connect” with!  RSVP here.

Also, for those interested in the work LFA is doing to help rural Arizona, don't miss the Rural Policy Forum August 7th - 8th. Again, thank you to everyone who was in attendance and for continuing to make these mixers an amazing experience!